duck·​ling | \ˈdək-liŋ, ˈdə-kliŋ\

Definition of duckling 

: a young duck

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The ducklings sleep with Fred in his dog basket, the BBC reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Labrador becomes foster dad to orphaned ducklings," 22 May 2018 On the afternoon of May 18, Saugus police and fire personnel responded to a report that ducklings had fallen down a storm drain on Ballard Street. Emily Sweeney,, "In Wareham, a case of SUV-dipping," 6 July 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel GREENDALE - Village workers came to the rescue when six ducklings fell through a storm sewer grate. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Video shows ducklings rescued from Greendale storm sewer by DPW worker," 25 June 2018 An Interior employee who lives in rural Virginia volunteered to adopt the orphaned duckling. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Federal workers cared for a mother duck before rats devoured her nest. Then this lone duckling hatched.," 9 July 2018 Police said the workers placed the ducklings in a box and turned them over to the care of Falmouth Animal Control. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Ducklings rescued from storm drain by Falmouth construction crew," 14 June 2018 The duckling, Renee Bennett, is played by Amy Schumer, who knows how to sell a comic notion and commits to selling this one, come what may. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘I Feel Pretty’ Review: More Alarming Than Charming," 19 Apr. 2018 According to her, the ducklings are in an enclosure that includes a small pool -- and are going to probably be let into the wild in August if things go well. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Maine police rescue a dozen ducklings from sewer grate," 3 June 2018 The duckling rescue happened at the Woodside Homes Bungalows at Cooley Station on April 27. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Firefighters in Gilbert and Scottsdale did their part to save ducks across the Valley," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of duckling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of duckling

: a young duck

: the meat of a young duck that is used as food


duck·​ling | \ˈdək-liŋ \

Kids Definition of duckling

: a young duck

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